Wake Up: The Awakening in Search of EnlightenmentThe Awakening is a very interesting book that asks big questions about the nature of human consciousness. It examines the thought processes that can lead to real change in life and society, and whether we are able to ever transcend the limitations of our limited minds. Based on the three pillars of Buddhism it also addresses the idea of enlightenment, in order to question whether enlightenment is possible in the Western World, as well as the possibilities of awakening. This is a unique way of questioning the limitations of human consciousness that offers an interesting conclusion.
The Awakening contains three parts, with the first focusing on the theory of the Self. The second part explains the theories of the Three Pillars of Buddhism, and the third part looks at enlightenment. The three pillars have been brought together in order to address the challenges that face modern society and the structure of Western consciousness. The Self is the foundational concept in this work and gives some insight into the nature of human consciousness and its relations to the structures of life.
The awakening is not just a theory but an exploration of all the important concepts of a state of consciousness, where the whole world is seen as interconnected and there is no separation between self and other. In the last part of the book it also examines the theories of the three pillars of Buddhism, and explores the possibilities of awakening within Western culture. This opens up the book to various interpretations and settings and gives a different perspective on the subject.
The awakening has a section in the middle of the book called 'Self-Knowledge'. Here the reader is taken through a series of questions that help clarify some of the important concepts of the Awakening. A key point is that what you think and believe determines what you get from life, and how you interpret reality. In other words, what you think, are you not only your mind?
In the book the reader will find that the awakening can be interpreted as a mind-body duality, in which each aspect of the Self is the result of the other. The Self is actually more than a duality, but it is more about relationships between the different aspects of the self. The patterns of our behaviour, the attitudes we adopt, the thoughts that we create, the beliefs that we carry, and the emotions that we experience are the result of many different aspects of the Self. This theme becomes even more clear in the third part of the book when the reader is taken through a series of questions that focus on how the Self relates to the relationships of others.
The awakening challenges us to think more deeply about the relationships that we have with other people, as well as our environment. The Awakening presents many ways to approach these relationships and helps the reader to consider whether there is a purpose to them or not.
Wake Up has all the elements of a good book - good writing, good ideas, and a good theme. It has some strong points in its favor, but does have some shortcomings that make it slightly less compelling than other works.